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UK5G Advisory Board expands with Ofcom and TM Forum expertise

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 8 Jul 2020
  • Last modified 8 Jul 2020
We’re delighted that Cristina Data, Director of Spectrum Insight and Analysis at Ofcom, has joined the UK5G Advisory Board, along with George Glass who became CTO of TM Forum earlier this year.

Ofcom is the UK regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries, and Cristina leads the Spectrum Mobile Data Strategy programme with a particular focus on assessing the implications of growing demand. Prior to working on 5G, Cristina led the development of a new spectrum sharing framework, and launched Ofcom open data policy. In particular Cristina was responsible for the release of the UK Interactive spectrum map and the release of information on spectrum use in open format.

Prior to joining Ofcom Cristina held various marketing and strategy roles at Telefonica O2, EE (then Orange), and Ericsson (then Red Bee Media). Cristina holds a Master Degree in Management Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino university in Italy.

Cristina Data - ofcom

It’s great to be joining the UK5G team. The lockdown has shown how vital next generation connectivity is for people  and businesses, and I know that UK5G and Ofcom both want to ensure different industries  across the economy can make the most of new wireless technologies, including 5G. That’s going to be even more important over the coming years and I look forward to working with UK5G to help keep the UK at forefront of wireless innovation.

Cristina Data, Ofcom

Ros Singleton, UK5G Advisory Board Chair commented: “I’m thrilled we are adding Cristina to the Advisory Board team. Her experience and insight will prove invaluable as we seek to ensure we provide the best advice to the government and continue to encourage the growth of the UK’s 5G ecosystem.”

George is the CTO of the TM Forum, who are one of the three core delivery partners for the UK5G project. 

George Glass - TM Forum

George is leading on the creation of architectural transformation patterns, Open APIs, AI enabled operational models, self-healing autonomous network services and industry standard data models. All of which show digital service providers how to transform their IT and network estate to help them improve efficiency and resilience.

Prior to joining the TM Forum as CTO, George was the Chief Systems Architect for BT and led architectural transformations for over 15 years. Whilst at BT George was an active contributor to the TM Forum and was appointed a TM Forum Distinguished Fellow in 2018. 

TM Forum have been involved with UK5G from the outset and we understand the importance and impact of purposeful cooperation, networking and innovation. I’m looking forward to supporting the continued work of UK5G in ensuring the strong capabilities of the UK are understood internationally, and that the lessons the UK can learn from partners overseas are appreciated.

George Glass, TM Forum

Bob Driver, Head of UK5G commented: “Along with CW (Cambridge Wireless) and the KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network), the TM Forum is absolutely core to the delivery of UK5G operations. We very much look forward to the insights and understanding that George will bring to the Board.”

If you'd like to speak with either George or Cristina about their UK5G position, please contact hello@uk5g.org